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Easy timelapse on Linux with the scrot tool

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December 16th, 2011 4:55 pm

Are you a Linux user who is about to participate in Ludumdare? Here is a quick and simple command-line script that uses the scrot utility to take one screenshot of your desktop every minute. You can merge them together as a movie file later on using mencoder

#!/bin/sh

##########################################
# This is the script that I will be using
# to generate my Ludumdare timelapse
# Below is the command I will use to
# convert it to a video file when I am
# done.
#
# Don’t forget:
# apt-get install scrot mencoder
#
# mencoder -oac copy -audiofile music.mp3 -ovc copy -mf w=640:h=400:fps=12:type=png ‘mf://./*.png’ -o timelapse.avi

while [ 1 ] ; do
scrot ./”`date +%F_%H.%M`”.png
sleep 60
done


One Response to “Easy timelapse on Linux with the scrot tool”

  1. James Paige says:

    Well, wordpress insisted on weirdly wrapping that very long comment line. But it should be okay after a copy-and-paste

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